Nora Maité Nieves: Clouds in the Expanded Field

"Eyes of the Sea" (2023) by Nora Maité Nieves in Times Square, New York City, New York. Photography by Michael Hull courtesy of Times Square Arts.

Nora Maité Nieves is the Norton’s 2023-24 Mary Lucille Dauray Artist in Residence. In conjunction with her residency, Nieves will present an exhibition of her work including artworks she will create during her residency. Drawing inspiration from architecture encountered in both Puerto Rico and New York City, Nieves’ practice acts as a connector between worlds, combining fragments of decorative elements from her Caribbean roots, such as a ubiquitous modernist concrete block design, or a tile floor pattern from her childhood home, with those from the urban landscape she encounters daily. Exploring these themes of identity and belonging, Nieves comments on the sacredness of a single place within a complicated and evolving environment. This exhibition also features a single-channel video work that mixes abstracted visual motifs found in her paintings and sculptures.

Organized by the Norton Museum of Art. Support for this exhibition was provided by the Milton and Sheila Fine Endowment for Contemporary Art and the Dr. Henry and Lois Foster Endowment for the Exhibition of Contemporary Art.

The Mary Lucille Dauray Artist in Residence program was made possible by the generosity of the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund/MLDauray Arts Initiative.